Many health care providers advise patients to consume fish that are high in healthy fats for the potential heart benefits but a new study reveals that consuming fish or fish oil may have additional benefits. It appears that eating even a single serving of fatty fish per week could have the benefit of reducing the risk for macular degeneration.
Researchers used information from the Women’s Health Study to analyze the dietary and health data of nearly forty thousand women with an average age of fifty three. Based on the information compiled during a decade long follow up period researchers were able to conclude that women who consumed one or more servings of fatty fish per week reduced their risk of macular degeneration by about 40%.
The exact connection between the fatty acids in fish and macular degeneration has yet to be determined but researchers feel as though the anti-inflammatory properties in fish oil may play a role. Further research would be necessary to definitively determine what role fish oil may have in the prevention of macular degeneration and how it may be effectively used to treat the disease.
If the results of this study can be repeated health care providers may have a new and highly effective weapon in order to prevent a disease that affects nearly nine million Americans over the age of forty.